Coffee Time with CVL
Community Village Lawrence is hosting its' next Coffee Social on
Thursday, July 12th at Johnny's North (north side) from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.
We welcome all Members, Volunteers, and any other interested people from the community.
This is a standing event and will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month
at Johnny's North.
Please join us when you can!
Coffee, tea, water & pastries served.
401 N. 2nd St., North Lawrence
Thank you to our sponsors:
Rick & Nancy Renfro
Owners of Johnny's North, Johnny's West & J Wilson's
Wheelchair access available.
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The Mission of Community Village Lawrence is to enhance quality of life for the entire community by helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age. We aim to do this by creating a network of supports and services following the Village model to make aging at home a long-term, affordable option.
Community Village Lawrence is a membership-based service with an expanding volunteer network. Any Lawrence resident who wishes to age in their home but feels they may need extra support is invited to join. Become a member or volunteer for Community Village Lawrence and join a strong and growing community. Visit the Membership and Volunteer Opportunities pages for more information.
The Village to Village Network's (VtVN)
is full of useful information for
Community Village members and volunteers!
Check the VtVN website every other Friday for the latest news about the Village to Village Network and the Village Movement.
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Would you, a friend, or loved one, like assistance in any of the following areas?
Preparing for and attending health-related appointments?
A note-taker to write down what the health professional says during the appointment?
Transportation to and from the appointment, and if necessary, from your front door to the chair in the appointment room.
General support and companionship throughout the entire appointment process?
Health Support Volunteer
What is a Health Support Volunteer (HSV)?
- An extra set of ears during a health-related appointment
- A note-taker: someone to document the communication between doctor and patient.
- Someone to help you prepare for and attend medical appointments. HSVs can be by your side during the entire process, from preparing to prescription pickup!
- General support and companionship for the patient - empowering them to be an active participant in their health care.
- Someone to remind you to ask a specific question before the doctor leaves or to clarify confusing terms.
- NOT a medical health professional or medical advocate!
June 11th, 2018, Community Village Lawrence, is unveiling a new program, Health Support Volunteer services. This program will be an addition to the services that CVL already provide. The HSV program is a service that will allow a note taker to accompany our members during medical appointments. Community Village has held our initial HSV training course and now have a number of trained HSVs that are ready for service. This program has been in the developmental stage for the past year and has been made possible by a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation.
At the first HSV training course on May 31, seven volunteers learned the proper role and responsibilities of a medical note taker. This group was led by Judy Bellome, RN (CVL Board Member) and Chala LaRocca, RN, (Wife of CVL Board Member). We had a lively discussion and each received a training manual for reference. Our new CVL Office Coordinator, Katie Whitenight and our Service Coordinator, Robert Little, were on hand as well and offered suggestions and ideas. More HSV training sessions will be conducted throughout the year to accommodate member needs.
If you are interested in becoming a Health Support Volunteer please let the office know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
An HSV can be requested by any CVL member in need of a trained volunteer assisting during a doctor’s appointment. The HSV is a note-taker and NOT an advocate! The goal of this program is to support CVL member’s involvement in their own medical care. Special attention is given toward confidentiality and support of the member throughout this service.
The CVL member meets with the HSV prior to the scheduled doctor’s appointment to create a list of the member’s priorities for the medical appointment. An example might be the CVL member wants to discuss problems with prescribed medications. The HSV can remind the member to ask questions from this list during the appointment. The HSV will record the doctor’s answers to the member’s questions plus any additional observations and treatment instructions. The note-taker (HSV) concludes the service by typing up the notes from the appointment, reviewing them with the member and leaving a printed copy for the member’s future reference.
For more information and/or request this service, please contact the CVL Office:
HSV Information Line
Help Community Village Lawrence...
When You Shop for Groceries!
Did you know that you can help Community Village Lawrence each time you shop at Dillons stores? Enrolling in the Dillons Community Rewards Program is easy!
To enroll in the Dillons Community Rewards Program for CVL:
1. Go to the website at Dillons Community Rewards
2. Sign in (this is the account you have for fuel points, etc.) or create an account.
3. Click on "Enroll Now."
4. Enter 64198 as the NPO number (or you can search by name).
5. Select CVL and click on "enroll."
Thank you for your support!
NPR Visits Villages across the Country
National Public Radio's (NPR) Ina Jaffe explores the positive impact that over 200 Villages have made for seniors. She discovers that, with a little help from neighbors, Village members can expand their options for independent living and make new friends in the process.
In her report, Jaffe explores how three different communities have personalized the concept of a Village: 1) Beacon Hill Village in Boston; 2) Englewood Village in Chicago; and 3) Community Connections, a rural Village in California.
Follow this link to view Jaffe’s report: Sometimes It Takes A 'Village' To Help Seniors Stay In Their Homes
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of the Village Network. Click on
the image to the right to learn more.
On the Village Movement:
Seniors Hold on to Urban
Independence Into Old Age,
a PBS special on the national